What’s the Beloit Kubb Open? Can I play?
Yes! Beloit will welcome the kubb community back to Beloit for the Beloit Kubb Open on Saturday, August 10, 2024 at Pohlman Field. Traditionally, the event has hosted 49 teams from seven states. All skill levels are invited to compete to win cash prizes where the payout has averaged almost $1,400 per tournament.
The event is owned and managed by Visit Beloit with assistance from event director, Dan Ivanuck. Organizers are excited to welcome players back to Beloit for the tenth year of kubb action and to showcase everything the community has to offer for visitors. Watch the short video below to learn how kubb is played.
Spectators are welcome to spend the day with us and cheer on the teams! The Beloit Youth Hockey Association will be on-site selling food and beverages to benefit their local programs and athletes.
Approximate game times are as follows:
9:00-9:25 a.m. – Qualifying Round #1
9:30-9:55 a.m. – Qualifying Round #2
10:00-10:25 a.m. – Qualifying Round #3
10:30-10:55 a.m. – Qualifying Round #4
11:05-11:30 a.m. – Qualifying Round #5
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – Qualifying Round #6
12:25-12:50 p.m. – Qualifying Round #7
Bracket play will start at approximately 1:00 p.m.
The championship bracket will be best of three, while all other brackets will be single elimination.
The event will be held at Pohlman Field in Beloit, Wisconsin in the outfield of the former home stadium of Minor League Baseball’s Beloit Snappers (now the Beloit Sky Carp). Pohlman Field is located at 2301 Skyline Drive in Beloit and there is ample parking adjacent to the stadium. Use Edwards Ice Arena, 2101 Cranston Road, in your GPS to easily navigate to the parking lot.
Teams consist of two players and can be comprised of any age or gender. More details on rules for the 2024 Beloit Kubb Open will be available soon.
Check out the Facebook event page for additional details in the coming months, as well.
Registration is not open at this time. Please check back soon for registration details.
Where to stay:
To find accommodations, check out Visit Beloit – Stay.
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What is Kubb?
Kubb (pronounced koob) is a lawn game where the objective is to knock over wooden blocks (kubbs) by throwing wooden batons (kastpinnar) at them. This lawn game can be described as a combination of bowling and horseshoes. The alleged Viking origin of the game has led some players and fans to nickname the game “Viking chess”.
Play takes place on a small rectangular playing field, known as a “pitch”. To set up the field, “Kubbs” are placed at both ends of the pitch, and the “king”, a larger wooden block, is placed in the middle of the pitch. Some rules vary from country to country and from region to region, but the ultimate objective of the game is to knock over the “kubbs” on the opposing side of the pitch, and then to knock over the “king”, before the opponent does. Games can last from five minutes to well over an hour. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as grass, sand, concrete, snow, or even ice.
This game can be a very casual lawn game played at house parties or in a park, but the tournaments get competitive as you move towards the semi-finals.
Watch this short video and learn how to play kubb!
2018 U.S. Kubb Open Tournament
The 2018 U.S. Kubb Open in Riverside Park in Beloit on Saturday, August 11, 2018 was the first televised Kubb tournament in the United States. Organizers from Kubb United, Beloit Parks and Recreation, and Visit Beloit were excited to showcase the community to sports fans across the state via FOX Sports Wisconsin. Also, with 64 teams, the U.S. Kubb Open was the third-largest tournament in the United States.